Our furry friends also experience discomforts and suffer from bowel movement problems just like humans. Given the size of the smaller breeds like the Yorkshire terrier, bouts of diarrhea can result into serious dehydration due to loss of fluids.
It is therefore important to take appropriate measures early enough to stop the diarrhea and use the necessary tools to remedy the situation. In moderate cases, the pets will have loose bowel movements but in more severe conditions, the excreta will be in liquid form.
Common causes of Yorkshire terrier diarrhea
Stomach upsets can be caused by several factors. It can be due to the condition of food eaten or a change of diet. Contaminated food can lead to poisoning and consequently diarrhea.
Such upsets happen for a shorter duration of time and once the bad food consumed is passed out, the condition should return to normal. Changing the pet’s diet may lead to an upset during the adjustment period. In some cases, diarrhea may be caused by widespread infections.
These tend to be more complicated and usually require immediate medical attention. Whether the condition is acute or chronic, steps have to be taken to prevent further complications. Diarrhea affects Yorkshire terrier breeds of all ages but is much more dangerous in puppies and aged dogs.
Signs and symptoms
Sometimes the diarrhea is usually accompanied by other signs and symptoms such as:
- Blood in the excrement: to better understand what your pet is suffering from or the scope of the problem, check the excrement to see if there are signs of blood. Fresh blood is normally a bright red and mostly caused by small tears in the anus. Your dog might be straining when passing out stool and that may result into small rectal tears. A darker shade of blood on the other hand could symbolize an internal infection.
- Lack of appetite: dogs love their food and are always very happy and playful when you bring them something to eat. During diarrhea, your Yorkshire terrier may not get excited by its favorite snack. It’s common for dogs to lose the desire to eat when suffering from diarrhea.
- Vomiting: on most occasions this is due to bad food. At other times it could also be as a result of illness. Continuous vomiting causes dehydration.
- Fatigue or inactivity: this is expected more so when the diarrhea lasts for a considerable amount of time. A lot of fluid is eliminated from the body and that reduces the amount of calories available for energy. When your pet is suffering from diarrhea, most of the times it will stay at the same spot, either sleeping or just lying there with very little movements. Dehydration is greatly responsible for this. You’ll notice that the dog is no longer playful and has sunken eye sockets.
- Loss of weight: when the diarrhea is chronic and the dog has no appetite, it can lose weight very rapidly. It doesn’t consume enough calories to provide energy and the stored fat is all burned to sustain it. Without ingesting enough nutrients to build the body, it is bound to shed off weight and grow weak.
- Higher than normal body temperature: it’s not uncommon for diarrhea to be accompanied by fever especially if it’s due to an infection. Very high body temperatures could mean that the dog is suffering from something else other than bad food. It could be an illness setting in or a serious infection.
Pets and more specifically dogs, are always very happy animals when they are of good health. The Yorkshire terriers are very playful and ideal companions in the home. Diarrhea can turn them into very gloomy dogs and take the brightness away from their faces. These symptoms or effects of diarrhea are the reasons why our furry friends can turn from amazingly vibrant pets into lethargic and dull animals. It’s therefore very important to seek urgent treatment from the very start.
There are numerous conditions that predispose dogs to diarrhea. Some of these risk factors include:
- Lifestyle: dogs that scavenge are more likely to suffer from diarrhea as compared to those that don’t. If your Yorkshire terrier frequently strays and feeds from dumpsites, it stands a higher chance of getting food poisoning and infections. A dog that roams about also has a higher chance of picking up infectious illnesses from those in the neighborhood. It all depends on how you train your pet and take care of it.
- Diet: what you feed your dog greatly determines whether it stays healthy or not. If you feed your dog bad food, it is more than likely to suffer from stomach upsets. Change of diet too has an impact because your pet may take time to adjust to the food.
- Vaccination history: vaccination usually prevents several diseases in dogs. If your pet has not been properly vaccinated, it’s likely to suffer from opportunistic diseases as compared to those that have been adequately immunized. This is the reason why a trip to the vet when your pet is still a puppy is very much advisable.
One thing that you pick from all these is that when it comes to diarrhea, nearly all of the risk factors can be eliminated. You just have to learn how to take care of your furry friend better. A lot of them can also be avoided with proper dog training. Animals are creatures of habit and when you train your pet to eat only specific food or from a specific place, it will follow exactly that.
One should never make the assumption that a bout of diarrhea is just a passing upset that will disappear within no time. It could actually be a prelude to something much bigger and should therefore be handled with seriousness.
Small breeds are also more likely to be affected by illnesses as compared to the bigger breeds. So how should Yorkshire terrier diarrhea be treated?
- In case the dog is suffering from diarrhea but not vomiting, remove the food from it’s feeding bowl and feed it on plenty of water for a period of twelve hours. The diarrhea should subside by then if it was caused by food ingredients that the pet is sensitive to. You can also feed it a small amount of white rice and cooked chicken until the stool returns to normal. This should only be done for mild cases. If the condition persists for more than 24 hours or the symptoms become very severe, get in touch with your vet immediately.
- If the pet is vomiting mildly, avoid feeding it and giving it water for a period of 12 hours. To take care of dehydration, give it ice cubes to lick on every hour. Soda water is also permissible but in very little amounts. A small breed like the Yorkshire terrier should be given just a teaspoon of it after every hour. You should stick to this treatment until the stool returns to normal. If the conditions persist, a call to the vet would be the most advisable thing to do.
These home remedies are only meant to treat simple cases that may have occurred due to bad food or change of diet. If the symptoms are severe, you should pay a visit to the vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
If the bowel movements are in liquid form and happen frequently and severely, there could be other serious underlying reasons. Some of them may include: food allergies, bacterial infections, intestinal parasites, malabsorption and metabolic complications. A simple fecal exam can help diagnose most of the causes but if that is not possible, colonoscopy and abdominal ultrasound would suffice.
Treating a simple diarrhea is not that difficult and you can help your pet get back to good health in no time. The condition creates a lot of discomfort for them and the sooner they get back to good health the better. However as noted, when the diarrhea is severe, you should pay a visit to the vet within the shortest time possible before it graduates to a situation that cannot be salvaged.
Diarrhea in Yorkshire terriers can very well be prevented. This is because most of the causative factors can be avoided. Some of the prevention measures include:
- Avoid changing your dog’s diet all of a sudden. It’s just like in humans; when you eat something that you aren’t used to, there are chances that your stomach may not react very well with it. We all have food ingredients that cause us stomach upsets and the same happens with dogs. You can change the diet of your pet gradually by mixing the two foods until at that point when you can wholly serve the new meal on its own. Introducing it progressively also allows you time to monitor any unpleasant reactions and make the necessary adjustments.
- Regular visits to the vet can be very instrumental in picking up any developing infections or conditions. There are also other services such as deworming and vaccination that go a long way in preventing illnesses and keeping your Yorkshire terrier breed in good health. As they always say, prevention is better than cure. You’ll save a lot of money which you would have otherwise used on treatment.
- Ensure that your dog has a good lifestyle. Do not abandon it and allow it to roam all over the block without supervision. Scavenging is definitely a recipe for several problems. That’s how they pick up infections and also consume contaminated food. Training your dog appropriately is one way of making sure that it develops good habits so that even when you are out walking it doesn’t stop to pick up things on the road.
- Keep your compound tidy as well as the pet’s sleeping place. Trash bins should be well sealed to prevent the dogs from consuming infectious bacteria. Left over food should also not be fed to them because table scraps are usually dirty and contain a lot of germs. Dogs are very playful and sometimes eat their play items. It is your duty to make sure that the pet plays with toys that it cannot eat. On matters cleanliness, ensure that it is regularly washed and well groomed to reduce the chances of contracting infections. A clean pet does not easily get infected by opportunistic diseases.
These prevention methods reduce the risk factors and bring down the possibilities of your dog suffering from diarrhea. You just have to take better care of your furry friend so that it does not acquire avoidable infections. Remember that the Yorkshire terrier is a small pet and even mild illnesses can greatly affect its health. You’d therefore do well to avoid the risk factors.
To humans, diarrhea may seem like a small issue and on many occasions people just brush it off as something that will go away on its own. It’s also very easy to trace the cause of your stomach upset to something you probably ate. This makes treating it easier because the root cause is already known.
Yorkshire terrier breeds on the other hand are small dogs and can adversely be affected by diarrhea. For such a small pet, losing so much fluids in a single day can completely drain it of its energy.
Combine that with vomiting and you have a very serious situation that could easily turn fatal. Once you realize that your dog has loose bowel movements, you should immediately embark on bringing the situation under control. The treatment options for mild cases given above are simple to undertake and you can do them all on your own at home.
However in severe cases you should never try to play doctor. A certified vet will help you get the right diagnosis and get your pet the requisite treatment. It may not be just a simple diarrhea but something much bigger and that’s why taking early precautions is necessary.
Dogs are wonderful pet animals that can really brighten up the home. However, these pets are only fun when they are healthy. The Yorkshire terrier breed in particular is really cute and playful. Keeping them healthy will certainly make them great furry friends.